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                                     - Liz Weintraub, Sr. Advocacy Specialist, AUCD 

 
 

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12/7/2018

AUCD'S UCEDD Resource Center Announces Awardee for Training Initiative Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the National Network of UCEDDs

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) sought a lead UCEDD to build the capacity of the national network of UCEDDs to address the impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) through collaborative implementation of best and promising practices across federally-funded networks to support child, caregiver, and family outcomes in the local communities. Federally-funded networks include those funded by AIDD, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
 

12/7/2018

HRSA's MCHB Announces Phase 1 Winners of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge!

HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has selected 10 winners from Phase 1 of the Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities Challenge. Henry Ford Health System's submission, "5-2-1-0 Go App!" is a collaboration with Michigan's LEND program and the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University. The project proposes to enhance an app targeting kids ages 9-13 with four mini games based on 5-2-1-0. The overall aim of the app is to promote healthy food choices, identify community food resources, and provide exercise activities - which will be made adaptable for children with disabilities.

 
 

12/10/2018

News from the National Center on Disability in Public Health

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased to announce the new National Center on Disability in Public Health. The new National Center uses evidence-based strategies to develop and increase the ability of public health professionals to include people who have disabilities. This National Center encourages collaboration between public health partners and AUCD's Network Centers in every state and territory. Key areas of health disparity serve as the National Center's focus areas and include: Access to Healthcare, Developmental Monitoring and Screening, Emergency Preparedness, Nutrition and Healthy Weight, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Wellness and Mental Health.

 
 

12/12/2018

Doctoral Student, Ching-Yi Liao (TX UCEDD), Selected for the 11th Cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars (DRDSS)

Ching-Yi Liao is a doctoral student in Special Education at Texas A&M University and the Project Coordinator for Coach 2 Communicate (C2C), a parent-directed treatment project to teach parents and caregivers with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex communication needs across Texas. The C2C project is under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Ganz, an affiliated faculty member with the Center on Disability and Development. Ching-Yi was selected as an outstanding scholar through an internationally competitive review process. Dr. Jennifer Ganz nominated Ching-Yi as well as the department chair and college dean. The DRDSS inquiry question for the program is "What makes for excellence in special education research?"

 
 

12/12/2018

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Associate Director Honored with NIH Merit Award

Laurie Cutting, Ph.D., Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education; Professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics; and Associate Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC), has received a rare $3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She also has been selected to receive the Leadership Award of Women in Cognitive Science.

 
 

12/10/2018

Seeking Safety Based Collateral Groups for Caregivers of Adolescents and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Diagnoses (CA UCEDD)

Authors: Lina Rodas, Bridgid Mario Conn, Caitlin S. Sayegh, Sari Glassgold, and Sara Sherer

This is the second installation in a three-part series describing the structure, format, and development of social skills groups and parent collateral groups for individuals ages 13-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as the vital necessity of advocacy and community partnerships in working with our clients and their families.

 
 

12/6/2018

Munroe-Meyer Institute (NE UCEDD/LEND) Nets $1.2 million Department of Education Grant

Mark Shriver, Ph.D., professor of psychology and pediatrics at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, will be the project director on a new $1.2 million Department of Education grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. The five-year grant, which runs through a development year and four years of implementation, will train graduate students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams to address significant behavior problems in schools.

 
 

12/5/2018

IDHD Student Visits Wolfensberger Archives (UCEDD IL)

In the summer of 2018, the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the UCEDD for Illinois, sent PhD student Drew Egli to visit the Wolfensberger Archives in Omaha, Nebraska. Wolf Wolfensberger is a prominent name in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, he is probably best known for his advocacy and research that contributed to the deinstitutionalization movement and to a paradigm shift towards community inclusion that brought a sea change in thinking about people with disabilities.

 
 

12/5/2018

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Member Receives $2.3 Million NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Reyna Gordon, Ph.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) member, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award of $2.3 million in total costs for her project, "Biomarkers of Rhythmic Communication: Integrating Foundational and Translational Approaches."

 
 
 

AUCD Webinars

National Center on Disability in Public Health Series

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join this three-part webinar series to launch AUCD's new National Center on Disability in Public Health. All webinars will be at 12 pm ET and last 60 mins.

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Public Policy

 

AUCD Opposes USCIC-2010-0012: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The Association of University Center on Disabilities (AUCD) writes to express our strong opposition to the above-captioned proposed rule. AUCD is a national organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. AUCD's mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting our members in research, education, health, and service activities that achieve our vision.

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz: Dan Crimmins Wants YOU to Apply to the AUCD Leadership Academy

Daniel Crimmins, Director of the Georgia UCEDD and LEND Program, chats with Liz about the AUCD Leadership Academy. They discuss what makes a leader, what to expect at the AUCD Leadership Academy, and who should apply (hint: you!)

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz: 'Inky Brittany' Talks Graphic Recording

'Looking at pictures can create feelings and explain things in a way that sometimes words fail to do.' Listen in as Liz sits down with Brittany Curry, aka "Inky Brittany," a graphic recorder and graphic facilitator. Brittany shares with Liz the multitude of ways graphic recording can be beneficial to all people, including those with a variety of disabilities.

 
 
 

Events

National Center on Disability in Public Health Series

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join this three-part webinar series to launch AUCD's new National Center on Disability in Public Health. All webinars will be at 12 pm ET and last 60 mins.

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EPM-RRTC State of the Science and Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Event

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Registration is FREE. The EPM-RRTC State of the Science and Annual Disability Statistics Compendium offers both in-person and webcast participation options. Please register if you plan to attend in-person or via webcast. The agenda, presenters, and logon procedures (for web viewers) will be emailed to you as they become available.

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Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

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Monday, March 4, 2019 - Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Location: Honolulu, HI

PacRim has been bringing people together for more than 30 years. And PacRim 2019 is no exception. We want individuals with disabilities, their families, service providers, researchers, educators, employers, deep thinkers, change agents, policy makers and entrepreneurs to join us in March 2019. Only by coming together and sharing can we offer individuals with disabilities a better future.

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